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Top UK bishops slam ‘disastrous’ bill as Brexit talks teeter

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s most senior Anglican bishops warned Monday that legislation breaching part of the Brexit divorce agreement the government signed with the European Union will set a "disastrous precedent" and could undermine peace in Northern Ireland. The warning came as Prime ...

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi on ...

India army apprehends Chinese soldier amid military standoff

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed mountain border. The soldier, Cpl. Wang Ya Long from China's People's Liberation Army, ...

Iran again breaks its single-day record for virus deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran recorded its worst day of new deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 337 confirmed dead on Monday. The grim milestone represents a significant spike from the previous single-day death toll record of 279. The Health Ministry also announced 4,251 new ...

Belgium fears virus ‘tsunami’ as virus cases keep soaring

BRUSSELS (AP) — Bars and restaurants across Belgium shut down for a month and a night-time curfew took effect Monday as health authorities warned of a possible "tsunami" of new virus cases in the hard-hit nation that host the European Union's headquarters. The new measures aim to limit ...

World struggles as confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 40 million

LONDON (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world. The milestone was hit Monday morning, ...

Reports: Turkey tests Russian-made S-400 defense system

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO-member Turkey has tested its Russian-made advanced air defense missile system, Turkish media reports said Friday, raising the specter of a new standoff with the United States. A Haber television, which is close to the government, said on its website that Turkey's ...

Nigeria’s anti-police brutality protests block major roads

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian protests against police brutality continued Friday for the ninth day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to be backed by the police, warnings from the Nigerian military, and a government order to stop because of COVID-19. In Lagos, ...

Arrest of former Mexican defense minister shakes military

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The arrest of Mexico's former defense minister in the United States on charges that he protected a drug cartel in exchange for bribes is a blow to Mexico's military, one of the few institutions that had maintained the confidence of the people. Until Thursday's arrest of ...

A look at H-2 cartel Mexican ex-army chief accused of aiding

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican defense secretary Salvador Cienfuegos stands accused by U.S. prosecutors of aiding the so-called H-2 cartel ship drugs to the United States. But in a country where the names of drug lords and cartels are household words the H-2 gang left many Mexicans ...

After Lebanese revolt’s fury, waning protests face long road

BEIRUT (AP) — A year ago, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets protesting taxes and a rapidly deteriorating economic crisis. A spontaneous and hopeful nationwide movement was born, denouncing an entire political establishment that had for decades pushed Lebanon toward ...

Dark déjà vu for European economy as virus cases spike

LONDON (AP) — Europe's economy was just catching its breath from what had been the sharpest recession in modern history. A resurgence in coronavirus cases this month is a bitter blow that will likely turn what was meant to be a period of healing for the economy into a lean winter of job ...

Bangkok shuts down transit systems as protests persist

BANGKOK (AP) — The authorities in Bangkok shut down mass transit systems and set up roadblocks Saturday as Thailand's capital faced a fourth straight day of determined anti-government protests. The protesters have been doing their best to elude the authorities, using social media to assemble ...

Azerbaijan: Armenian missile killed 13, wounded over 50

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan on Saturday accused Armenia of striking its second-largest city with a ballistic missile that killed at least 13 civilians and wounded 50 others in a new escalation of their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Armenian Defense Ministry denied launching the ...

New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday. "Difficult months are ahead of us," she said in her weekly video podcast. "How winter will ...

Japan’s populist, pragmatic new PM Suga pushes Abe’s vision

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, leaves Sunday on his first overseas foray since taking over from his former boss Shinzo Abe last month, heading to Vietnam and Indonesia. The choice to visit Southeast Asia underscores Japan's efforts to counter Chinese influence and ...

German water utility pulls plug on Tesla over unpaid bills

BERLIN (AP) — A German utility company says it has shut down the pipes supplying Tesla with water for the construction of a factory near Berlin because the automaker hasn't paid its bills. A spokeswoman for the company WSE said Thursday that Tesla was given repeated warnings its water supply ...

Nagorno-Karabakh volunteers get weapons as clashes intensify

MARTUNI, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — As the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces rages on in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, its residents are joining volunteer squads to defend their towns. The Ovanisyan family and their neighbors were called Wednesday to receive their ...

Mexico’s ex-defense secretary arrested in Los Angeles

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country's armed forces for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, Mexico's top diplomat said Thursday. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard ...

Brazil Catholics drawn to worship despite downsized services

APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — Inside, there was nothing massive about the Mass: Just 1,000 people were spaced carefully across the pews of a vast basilica that normally holds 35,000 as the Roman Catholic Church tried to protect parishioners from the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet such caution wasn't ...